What do these Chinese characters mean?
February 5, 2012 6:42 AM Subscribe
What do these Chinese characters in American Born Chinese
posted by johnofjack to media & arts (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
At http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnjack/6822973525/ I've posted a picture of, I think, all the Chinese characters in the comic American Born Chinese. I was wondering if someone could translate them.
I have some guesses about what some of them mean (the character used in the panel with "giant form" appears on the pillars when the Monkey King was writing his name; he was calling himself "Great Sage, Equal of Heaven" at the time, so maybe it means "giant" or "great" [like "grande" in Spanish]. And if that's the case, maybe the single characters in dialogue are a speech act like "I thee wed" or "I heard a rumor that" in Umbrella Academy--say it and it happens) but I wanted some actual knowledge rather than guesses and assumptions.
Aside from wondering what each character or group of characters means, I was also wondering what the top of the first three characters mean--it's the same on each.
And: aside from AskMe, is there any way for someone who doesn't speak any given non-Romance language to find a translation? e.g. if I had a picture of, say, writings in Arabic and wanted a translation but didn't know how to key them into a search engine. I'm suspecting the answer to this is "no" but would be happy for guidance or confirmation.